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The cruise was chosen by my partner, so I had little say in the destination or cruise line. We sailed on the Regal Princess...an impressive, huge ship with many amenities and MANY people. This is NOT the ship to cruise if you are looking for small and intimate. Embarkation was NUTS - so many people and HUGE lineups. Argh!!! It was well organized, but holy cow...cattle herding people! We had 5 ports and participated in a number of shore excursions (mostly booked privately - less expensive than the ones on the ship). Our ports were St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. We did SCUBA at three of the islands, golf at St. Kitts and a general tour in St. Maarten. The excursions were fairly short, and we mainly stayed on the ship. We found the layout of the ship to be logical - well planned. We weren't impressed with the cleanliness of the carpets though - for such a new ship. The staff work hard, though, to maintain all the brass and shiny surfaces. The cabin steward was amazing - very thorough and hospitable. He knew our names within hours, and worked hard to make sure the cabin was tended while we were out. We found the ship to be quite crowded for the deck chairs, especially on the "at sea" days. There isn't enough space for all the people on the ship. Our dining option was for the "anytime dining", so we mostly ate in the buffet, which was varied and plentiful. The food was good quality, but a bit bland overall, even the foods intended to be spicy. On the one night when we ate in a dining room, we were impressed with the food and service. There were many activities on the ship, with various club meetings and interactive lessons. We were pretty busy for the whole cruise. The internet is EXPENSIVE and slow, and we were not impressed with the inability to save any of our trip itinerary from the cruise - you can't use the ship's interactive site as a log of your journey :( We were LEAST impressed with the DJ for the ship. He was TERRIBLE! We nicknamed him "DJ Sucks-a-lot". He had a knack of clearing the dance floor and playing horrible music, for any decade chosen. He was resistant to requests and had quite the attitude. Argh. With only one club on the ship, that blew our evenings. We had a great time on New Year's Eve, but if you have latex allergies, be aware that the balloons used on board are latex based. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise because we were together with friends. Tip...if you drink alcohol, specialty coffees, bottled water, soft drinks, etc, get the drink cards. You will save money overall.

Great time with great friends, but...

Regal Princess Cruise Review by slstevens146

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The cruise was chosen by my partner, so I had little say in the destination or cruise line. We sailed on the Regal Princess...an impressive, huge ship with many amenities and MANY people. This is NOT the ship to cruise if you are looking for small and intimate. Embarkation was NUTS - so many people and HUGE lineups. Argh!!! It was well organized, but holy cow...cattle herding people!

We had 5 ports and participated in a number of shore excursions (mostly booked privately - less expensive than the ones on the ship). Our ports were St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. We did SCUBA at three of the islands, golf at St. Kitts and a general tour in St. Maarten. The excursions were fairly short, and we mainly stayed on the ship.

We found the layout of the ship to be logical - well planned. We weren't impressed with the cleanliness of the carpets though - for such a new ship. The staff work hard, though, to maintain all the brass and shiny surfaces. The cabin steward was amazing - very thorough and hospitable. He knew our names within hours, and worked hard to make sure the cabin was tended while we were out. We found the ship to be quite crowded for the deck chairs, especially on the "at sea" days. There isn't enough space for all the people on the ship.

Our dining option was for the "anytime dining", so we mostly ate in the buffet, which was varied and plentiful. The food was good quality, but a bit bland overall, even the foods intended to be spicy. On the one night when we ate in a dining room, we were impressed with the food and service.

There were many activities on the ship, with various club meetings and interactive lessons. We were pretty busy for the whole cruise. The internet is EXPENSIVE and slow, and we were not impressed with the inability to save any of our trip itinerary from the cruise - you can't use the ship's interactive site as a log of your journey :(

We were LEAST impressed with the DJ for the ship. He was TERRIBLE! We nicknamed him "DJ Sucks-a-lot". He had a knack of clearing the dance floor and playing horrible music, for any decade chosen. He was resistant to requests and had quite the attitude. Argh. With only one club on the ship, that blew our evenings.

We had a great time on New Year's Eve, but if you have latex allergies, be aware that the balloons used on board are latex based.

Overall, we enjoyed the cruise because we were together with friends.

Tip...if you drink alcohol, specialty coffees, bottled water, soft drinks, etc, get the drink cards. You will save money overall.
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Cabin IC 236
Small, but well maintained except the carpet (which needed cleaning, as did the whole ship for carpets). It was comfortable enough...and well laid out.
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